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Understanding What the Term Mislabeling Means in the Food Packaging Industry

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A food's packaging is the first thing a consumer notices about the item. The packaging is what describes the food and is what provides the consumer with critical safety information. Packaging can be used for the greater good, considering that packaging experts estimate that each pound of plastic packaging can reduce food waste by up to 1.7 pounds, but this is only true if the package has clear, easy to read information.

However, as a packaging company, there are plenty of different ways to mislabel products that can have dangerous consequences to the consumer. So to prevent these safety liabilities from happening, it is crucial to understand the different kinds of mislabeling. Here we explain some common mislabeling issues so you will be able to avoid mistakes in the first place.

What constitutes a product as being mislabeled?

Typically speaking, some mislabeling examples include:

  • Glaring errors such as the right product but the wrong description or vice versa.
  • The omittance of importance details such as the suggested usages, regulatory references, directions on how to use, and/or explaining what the product is to be used for.
  • Lacking the date of manufacturing or a clearly written expiration date.
  • Programming errors within the bar code readers and their inspections.
  • Problems within the packaging design, meaning the graphic designer was given the wrong details or did not convey necessary information.
  • Multiple different items within one package shipment -- generally, only one item should be grouped together as a way to cut down on contamination. So if you notice that there are a lot of different items in the same area, this can signify a mislabeling issue from your manufacturer.
  • Unreadable packaging codes, labels, and description because of a faulty printer.

As one can see, there are plenty of different defects that can happen within a product's packaging. However, in addition to making sure your package is completely safe, it is also crucial to examine the product thoroughly via x-ray food inspection. This, plus food metal detectors, will be able to ensure your product is consumer-safe from the inside out!

If you have any additional questions on how to ensure your packaging is safe for consumers, do not hesitate to call our professionals today.